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Posted Aug. 16, 2011, at 5:46 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 16, 2011, at 6:09 p.m.

Business classes

BANGOR — Maine Centers for Women, Work, and Community will offer an introductory business planning workshop, “Introduction to Self-Employment,” 9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Bangor Hall at the UMA-Bangor campus.

The workshop will walk participants through the pros and cons of owning their own business, show them how to get started step by step, point out the major elements of a business plan, introduce resources available in locally and statewide, and help them decide whether self-employment is the right choice for them. The training is open to women, men, couples and all entrepreneurs who are considering starting a business.

Women, Work, and Community also will offer a three-session class on “Basics of Business” 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 20 and 27, and Oct. 4. Topics include basics of a business plan, marketing and cash planning, and is suitable fro those thinking about or in the early startup phase of a new business.

Preregistration is required for all workshops and classes. There is no fee for the trainings.

To obtain more information or to register for either class, contact Jane Searles, regional manager, at 262-7843 or searles@maine.edu. For more information, visit http:// www.womenworkandcommunity.org

Nonprofit grants

BANGOR — People’s United Community Foundation announced that it has awarded $50,000 to nonprofit organizations in its service region in Bangor, Waterville and Portland in the third quarter of 2011.

“We are delighted to support these deserving nonprofit organizations throughout our footprint,” said Vincent Santilli, executive director of People’s United Community Foundation. “Nonprofit organizations are under significant pressure to deliver their services in a very challenging economic environment. People’s United Community Foundation is proud to join our community partners in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in the cities and towns we serve.”

Receiving funding in Bangor is Community Housing of Maine Inc., Maine Hall.

Mortgage amount increased

BANGOR — Based on a growing demand in the current economy, Penquis announced that MaineStream Finance’s board of directors recently approved an increase in the residential mortgage amount from $110,000 to $150,000. The loans are for low- to moderate-income individuals or families who, because of loss of income and the recent recession, may not qualify for bank financing.

The loans have a 30-year fixed rate and are available for the purchase of a home, including first-time home buyers or for refinancing. To help individuals make informed decisions regarding the purchase of a home, Mainstream Finance also offers Homebuyer Education, Debt-Budget Maintenance and Pre-Purchase Counseling.

“Buying or refinancing a home is a big decision,” said Jayne Crosby Giles, CEO of MaineStream Finance. “We are pleased to offer options, education and financial services that reach those who might otherwise have limited access to credit.”

For more information about services offered by MaineStream Finance, call 800-215-4942 or visit http:// www.mainestreamfinance.org.

Paul Bunyan BNI

BANGOR — Paul Bunyan BNI is a chapter of Business Networking International. The group meets 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Four Points by Sheraton at the Bangor Airport. For more information about visiting the chapter, contact Jennifer Morin, 2011-2012 chapter president, at 989-1444.

Servpro honors

BANGOR — Michael Haughton and Nonna Haughton, owners of SERVPRO of Bangor-Ellsworth, were honored during the SERVPRO 42nd National Convention June 25-29 in St. Louis.

The company received the Director’s Platinum Award given to franchisees for outstanding revenue performance and-or service to the company.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition, and we hope it makes each of these individuals look back and appreciate the work they and their teams have put into their communities,” said Sue Steen, chief executive officer of Servpro Industries Inc.

The weeklong convention focused on education, professional development and networking among the Servpro System’s more than 1,500 franchise owners.

Founded in 1967, the Servpro franchise system provides fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. For information, call 947-0400 or email HaughtonSP9520@aol.com.

Pet dog trainers

BANGOR — Don Hanson, co-owner and director of behavior counseling and training at Green Acres Kennel Shop, 1653 Union St., has been elected chairman of the board of trustees of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Hanson previously served two terms on the APDT board, 2002-2007, and was board vice president in 2005 and 2006, and board president in 2007.

Located in Greenville, S.C., the Association of Pet Dog Trainers is the largest organization of dog training and behavior professionals in the world. Founded in 1993, it has as its mission “to represent and advance the dog training profession through education and advocacy.”

Hanson is a certified professional dog trainer, certified dog behavior consultant, Bach Foundation registered animal practitioner and therapy dog evaluator. He and his training staff first introduced clicker training and the concept of “dog-friendly” training to the Bangor area in 1997. An experienced speaker, Hanson has lectured on pets, behavior and the Bach Flower remedies in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Japan.

For more information, call 945-6841 or visit http:// www.greenacreskennel.com.

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